Pele said that he was of a similar school of thought to the Los Rojiblancos boss, but claimed that playing in Europe has led to his compatriot trying to clean up his act.
He is quoted as saying by ESPN: "Does Neymar dive? Yes, yes, he had this problem in Santos also.
"I think he tries to create fouls and situations that are not there. But now he got much better because in Europe, things are different."
Neymar scored in Barca's 1-1 draw with Atleti in the Champions League on Tuesday.